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The Commission on the Accreditation of
Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology


Please be sure to attend a CAPACS Training Workshop and/or Informational Session

CAPACS ARC & SVT Training Workshops

The Commission on Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS or the Commission) periodically conducts pre-conference "Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) and Site Visit Team (SVT) Training Workshops." The workshop is intended for (1) new Commissioners who will be joining the CAPACS Board of Directors, (2) current Commissioners as a "refresher" course, and (3) other professional sociologists, who are interested in participating on a CAPACS Accreditation Review Committee or Site Visit Team for reviewing higher education programs in applied, clinical, or engaged public sociology, and sociological practice. The workshops cover the CAPACS Standards, Self-study Guidelines, Accreditation Policies and Procedures, and Review Process Guidelines.

Those who complete the Commission's training workshop may be eligible to join the CAPACS Board of Directors at a future date. Activities included in CAPACS workshops include an interactive slideshow, large and small group discussion, and exercise. There is no fee for the workshops. Training materials are furnished on-site. Please be sure to bookmark the CAPACS website and/or visit this CAPACS web page soon for more information on upcoming CAPACS training workshops.

Please return to the CAPACS website soon and/or bookmark this CAPACS web page for future reference.

Who is the CAPACS Training Workshop For?

The workshop is intended for new Commissioners who will be joining the CAPACS Board of Directors; current Commissioners, as a "refresher" course; and members of AACS, and other professional sociologists, who are interested in participating on a CAPACS accreditation review committee and site visit team. The workshop covers the Commission’s Standards, Self-Study Guidelines, Accreditation Policies and Procedures, and Review Process Guidelines.

What Happens After I Complete the CAPACS Training Workshop?

Participants who successfully complete the Workshop will be able to serve as accreditors (reviewers) on accreditation review committees and as site visitors on site visit teams.

  • As "Accreditors," participants will be able to differentiate and apply five sets of industry-wide standards for professional programs supported by the Commission. Areas include institutional resources, program structure, practice experience, student learning goals and outcomes, and monitoring and quality control.
  • As "Site Visitors," participants will be able to conduct two- and three-day site of visits of applicant programs to determine quality and effectiveness; and engage in semi-structured interviews with program faculty, students, alumni, advisory boards, administrators, and internship supervisors. Areas include matriculation, advisement, resources, curriculum, marketing, and program assessment and evaluation.

CAPACS Informational Panels

The Commission also hosts informational panels on "CAPACS Accreditation," which feature a brief history and overview of CAPACS as an accreditor of applied, clinical, and engaged public sociology and sociological practice programs; and discussions on the increasing global demand to accredit disciplinary and professional programs in the social and behavioral sciences as a process of external quality review; the oversight of higher education accreditation commissions; CAPACS accreditation standards; and the benefits of CAPACS accreditation in the discipline of Sociology and the profession of sociological practice. Times, Dates, and Locations TBA. Please bookmark this web page, or return to the CAPACS website, soon, for details.